Fall 2012 Dramas

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 8 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Takimoto Miori, Hirayama Aya, Mikami Kensei, Shiratori Kumiko, Nakagawa Taishi, Takahashi Haori, Aso Kahori, Funakoshi Eiichiro (voice only), Negishi Toshie, Watanabe Tetsu, Terawaki Yasufumi, Zaizen Naomi
Synopsis: Hasumi Kayoko (Takimoto Miori), the rookie investigator at the all-female Hasumi Detective Agency, always observes people and cases in a level-headed manner. She detests lies and secrets, and has a strong sense of justice. Her late father worked at the city news desk of a newspaper, but committed suicide 7 years ago. However, the truth lies in darkness and Kayoko’s mother, Kyoko (Zaizen Naomi), the agency’s director, has been secretly pursuing the facts. An incident becomes the catalyst that entwines Kayoko and the people around her, and she closes in on the truth behind her father’s death.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/perfect-blue


Priceless ~ Aruwakenedaro, nnanmon!
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 22 October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Karina, Fujigaya Taisuke, Renbutsu Misako, Masu Takeshi, Maeda Oshiro, Tanaka Kanau, Isse Ogata, Nakai Kiichi, Nakamura Atsuo (guest star), Natsuki Mari, Naohito Fujiki
Synopsis: Originally a mid-level manager with a promising future in a big corporation called Miracle Thermos and loved by subordinates, the life of the elite Kindaichi Fumio (Kimura Takuya) changes dramatically one day. Having for some reason attracted the attention of the senior management, he is framed for a crime which he knows nothing of and forced out of the workplace. Even after that, Kindaichi is assailed by a series of surprises and in one day, he loses his house, wealth and handphone until he is without a cent to his name. At his wits end, he comes to a park where he encounters two young boys (Maeda Oshiro, Tanaka Kanau). Learning from them how to survive even if he does not have money, he somehow weathers this crisis and discovers the truly important and priceless things in life. The good thing about Kindaichi is that his carefree personality amazingly does not shift. It is not resentment and bitterness that become his driving force, but the love and help of the people he meets that enables him to keep go forward step by step. Nikaido Aya (Karina) works in the accounts department of the same company as Kindaichi. She is a female who attracts no attention but gets work done perfectly. The incident involving Kindaichi is the catalyst for a major turning point for Aya too. The heart of this rigid woman also changes through her encounters with him.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/PRICELESS

Sennyuu Sousa

Double Face ~ Sennyuu Sousa-hen
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 15 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Kagawa Teruyuki, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Wakui Emi, Ito Atsushi, Kadono Takuzo, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: The police receive a tip off from their undercover operative that the crime syndicate Oda-gumi will be conducting a huge drug transaction. However, Oda Taisei (Kohinata Fumiyo) suspects that there is a spy in their midst and does not even tell his leaders the venue of the transaction until the very last minute. Hearing of police activities from his spy in the police organisation, he orders a change in the location. The police are led by the nose, but scramble to the alleged venue based on information from their operative. They charge in and seize Oda. However, right before that, Oda had received information from his spy and promptly threw away the drugs to destroy evidence. In the end, he and his men are released. This incident confirms to both Oda and Police Inspector Onodera (Kadono Takuzo) that there is a spy in each of their organisations. Moriya Jun (Nishijima Hidetoshi) happens to see police officer Takayama Ryosuke (Kagawa Teruyuki). A few days earlier, the two of them had encountered each other on the streets by chance, but this is the first time that they learn of their respective positions as crime syndicate member and police officer. While Moriya is a member of the Oda-gumi, he is actually the police’s undercover operative. No one besides Onodera knows that he is a police officer. But the 6 years spent enduring this mission has started to tip Moriya’s emotional balance a little. On the other hand, Takayama is given the mission to find the traitor within the police by the director of the Security Department. Takayama is in fact the spy for the Oda-gumi and has been secretly tasked to discover the identity of the undercover operative in the gang. No one in the police organisation knows that and he is gradually alienated by his colleagues who wonder if he suspects them. Takayama obtains the personal history of the Oda-gumi members who were involved in the drug transaction the other day from Oda. A man stealthily tails him from behind as he leaves. It is Moriya. However, Takayama shakes him off by slipping into a crowd. An invisible fear that their true identities have been revealed to someone else starts to shake them up … …
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/double-face2012

Gisou Keisatsu

Double Face ~ Gisou Keisatsu-hen
Date: From 8.00 p.m., 27 October 2012
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Kagawa Teruyuki, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Aoi Yu, Wakui Emi, Hirata Mitsuru, Horibe Keisuke, Ito Kazue, Takahashi Mitsuomi, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: As a child, Takayama Ryosuke (Kagawa Teruyuki) was picked up by the Oda-gumi led by Oda Taisei (Kohinata Fumiyo) and raised as if he were his own son. At Oda’s bidding, Takayama became a police officer. He successfully advanced his career at the prefectural police and has been leaking classified police information to Oda. In the midst of this, Takayama makes contact with Suenaga Mari (Aoi Yu), the daughter of a powerful politician on the orders of Oda. Stirred by the free spirited Mari and doubting his way of life, he soon wishes to break off his relationship with Oda. On the other hand, police officer Moriya Jun (Nishijima Hidetoshi) who has been an undercover operative in the Oda-gumi for a long time, has lost sight of the place he belongs to after the clash between the police and the Oda-gumi, and wanders about, not even getting in touch with the doctor Nishida Naoko (Wakui Emi) with whom he has established an emotional bond. Takayama succeeds in contacting Moriya believed to be the undercover operative. Joining hands with Moriya, Takayama hits upon a plan to rid his life of “darkness”. And so, a final battle, in which the significance of the existence and the lives of these two men with two faces hang in the balance, begins.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/double-face2012

Irodori Himura
Date: From 12.20 a.m., Mondays, 15 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Himura Yuki (Bananaman), Goriki Ayame, Ito Yuko, Murasugi Seminosuke, Watanabe Tetsu, Oshima Yoko, Yada Akiko, Sakai Wakana, Hiranuma Norihisa, Hyugaji Masato, Nakabeppu Aoi, Hashimoto Ai, Nakamura Ikuji, Lily, Orimoto Junkichi
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/irodorihimura

Osozaki Himawari

Osozaki no Himawari ~ Boku no Jinsei, Renewal
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 23 October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Ikuta Toma, Maki Yoko, Kiritani Kenta, Kashii Yu, Emoto Tasuku, Kimura Fumino, Kuninaka Ryoko, Taguchi Junnosuke, Matsushige Yutaka
Synopsis: Kodaira Jotaro (Ikuta Toma) is a youth of today who lives from day to day reasonably contented and anxious as a temporary worker. But one day, when he should have been hired as a full-fledged employee in recognition of his steady work performance, his company unexpectedly downsizes by laying off its part-time and temporary workers. His unemployment is the catalyst for the break up with his girlfriend of 7 years. Jotaro returns to his family whom he has grown apart from, but it is not a place where he can be himself with the presence of his reliable younger brother who works at the local government office. Just as Jotaro is ready to despair, he suddenly learns of the activities of the Kochi Shimanto ‘Area Revitalisation Cooperation Volunteers’ through the internet. Taking an interest in it, he decides to live in Shimanto City which he is a complete stranger to. Kahori (Maki Yoko) works at a leading edge medical department for cancer as a houseman after graduating from a famous private Tokyo medical college. This has been her dream since high school days. However, one day, she is asked by her supervising doctor to transfer and is sent to her hometown of Shimanto City to be a clinician at the municipal hospital. With her dream shattered, a despondent Kahori happens to ride on the same train bound for Kochi as Jotaro. Because of that incident, Jotaro feels a sense of affinity as fellow friends who have moved out from Tokyo, but his optimism rubs Kahori the wrong way.
Website: wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/osozakino_himawari

Going My Home

Going My Home
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 9 October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Yamaguchi Tomoko, Miyazaki Aoi, YOU, Yasuda Ken, Arai Hirofumi, Natsuyagi Isao, Abe Sadao, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Nishida Toshiyuki, Makita Aju, Lily
Synopsis: Tsuboi Ryota (Abe Hiroshi) is a timid salaryman at a commercial production company. He plays the coordinator role at work, bringing clients and creative together. Even at home, he always finds himself caught between his strong-minded food stylist wife Sae (Yamaguchi Tomoko) and their daughter Moe (Makita Aju), his mother Toshiko (Yoshiyuki Kazuko) and his elder sister Takiko (YOU). One day, Ryota’s father Eisuke (Natsuyagi Isao) collapses on a golf trip. And then, a mysterious woman called Naho (Miyazaki Aoi) appears at his hospital ward, raising suspicion that she might be his mistress. While various adjustments take place among the family members, Ryota learns of the legendary creature called ‘Kuna’ which his father has been in pursuit of. Carrying on his father’s dream, he begins the search of ‘Kuna’. As he comes in touch with various people, Ryota’s exclusive devotion to his work is gradually shaken, and he starts to re-examine his relationship with his family and the important things in life.
Website: www.ktv.jp/goingmyhome

Single Mothers
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 23 October 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Sawaguchi Yasuko, Tanaka Tetsushi, Kutsuna Shiori, Sakai Wakana, Hokuto Akira, Yamaguchi Makiya, Yuji, Miura Rieko, Wakabayashi Go, Takahata Atsuko
Synopsis: A woman (Sawaguchi Yasuko) ran away from her husband and left home with their son. Without a place to stay and unable to find a job, she is at her wits end when she is helped by her seniors who are single mothers. Both mother and son grow as they overcome many battles with society. Before long, the big battle of the cutback in childrearing allowance that stands in her way. At that moment, single mothers stand in front of the Diet … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama10/sinmama

Nemureru Mori no Jukujo

Nemureru Mori no Jukujo
Date: From 10.55 p.m., Tuesdays, 4 September 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Kusakari Tamiyo, Seto Koji, Haba Yuichi, Isono Kiri, Asakura Aki, Hidari Tokie, Enoki Takaaki, Yokoyama Megumi, Yamamoto Kei, Moriguchi Yoko
Synopsis: 46-year-old Aizawa Chinami (Kusakari Tamiyo) is a full-time housewife who left the major commercial bank she was working at following her marriage. One day, her husband (Haba Yuichi) suddenly reconnects with his first love (Moriguchi Yoko), the editor of a popular female magazine, through Facebook. Chinami is told of his wish to marry his first love and start life over again, and they are now in the midst of a divorce settlement. In order to protect her custodial rights to their son, Chinami gets a job and struggles to build a new life. In the midst of this, she meets the handsome Takaoka Yusuke (Seto Koji) at the luxury hotel that is her workplace. Almost two times younger than Chinami, Yusuke is the son of the owner of a global chain of hotels, and goes by the nickname “Prince”. In front of hotel staff, he behaves like the perfect man, but he is at heart a warped, loathsome character … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama/jukujo

Koisuru Hae Onna
Date: From 10.55 p.m., Tuesdays, 6 November 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Mimura, Kakei Toshio, Issey Ogata, Honda Hirotaro
Synopsis: Komori Emi (Mimura), an elementary school teacher in Nagoya, is a dowdy woman in her 30s. She cannot say what she wants and is making no headway in her job, romance and life – looked down by her students and dumped by her fiance. Her only comfort is Twitter and SNS where she gives vent to her complaints anonymously and takes solace from the replies. One day, Emi receives a rant from a mysterious man called Yaegashi Shuji (Kakei Toshio) in response to her comments. “You are only a fly buzzing around a fan. Listen to me if you want to change your life.” With some objective in mind, he instigates Emi and gives her various “missions” that would change her life. Emi is twisted around by him but gradually transforms into a magnificent woman.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/nagoya/koihae

Hana Zubora Meshi

Hana no Zubora Meshi
Date: From 12.55 a.m., Tuesdays, 23 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Kurashina Kana, Kato Shigeaki, Kikuchi Akiko, Nonami Maho, Hamano Kenta, Yamanaka Takashi, Kojima Kazuya, Tsukaji Muga, Shiga Kotaro, Masuno Hidetomo
Synopsis: While her husband works away from the family, 30-year-old housewife Komazawa Hana (Kurashina Kana) enjoys life alone in Tokyo to the fullest. She loves preparing and eating simple, delicious meals (zubora meshi). Because she dislikes cleaning the apartment, other than the times when her husband Goro (Masuno Hidetomo) comes back, she lives in a mess. Cleaning and washing are major events to her.
Website: www.hanano-zuborameshi.jp

Aibou S11

Aibou Season 11
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 October 2012 (for two seasons)
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Narimiya Hiroki, Suzuki Anju, Matobu Sei, Ishizaka Koji, Katagiri Ryuji, Rokaku Seiji, Jinbo Satoshi, Otani Ryosuke, Yamanaka Takashi, Kawahara Kazuhisa, Ono Ryo, Yamanishi Atsushi
Synopsis: Kai Toru (Narimiya Hiroki) worships the occupation of a detective. After graduation from university, he wanted to be a police officer. He cleared the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s recruitment exam and became a police officer. However, it was not as he wished – a detective who deals with violent crimes. Instead, he worked at a police box of a precinct for a long time as a uniformed police officer. His efforts and competence were recognised. He received the recommendation of the police precinct chief and passed the selection exam to become a detective in the Criminal Affairs Division’s First Investigative Team of the same precinct. However, how does he become Sugishita Ukyo’s (Mizutani Yutaka) partner?
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/aibou

Zenryoku Shojo

Tokyo Zenryoku Shojo
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Takei Emi, Miura Shohei, Higa Manami, Ichikawa Yui, Mori Kanna, Aoki Ryuji, Shibuya Asuka, Naito Risa, Lawrence Yumi, Shimura Rena, Sakai Ayane, Horiuchi Keiko, Nukumizu Yoichi, Tsukamoto Takashi, Watabe Atsuro
Synopsis: 19-year-old Saeki Urara (Takei Emi) comes to Tokyo. Rei’s redeeming traits are her cheerfulness and distinctive positivity, but everything she does is always unheard of and unsuccessful. Because this foolhardiness causes trouble to the people around her each time, she ends up being called a girl who is unable to read situations. Urara moves to Tokyo with neither a dream nor goal, and is reunited with her father Suzuki Takuya (Watabe Atsuro) who abandoned her mother Sayuri (Horiuchi Keiko) and her 15 years ago. Although she opposes her father for making her mother miserable, his dissolute life rouses her into action. “This won’t do. I’ve to make this person happy or I can’t move on with my own life!” And so, she runs about with the aim of getting her father remarried in her first experience living in Tokyo. With cheerfulness and positivity, she overcomes various difficulties and slowly changes the people around her too.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/tokyo

Kodoku no Gurume Season 2
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 October 2012
Station: TV Tokyo
Cast: Matsushige Yutaka, Hasegawa Hiroki (guest star)
Synopsis: Inogashira Goro (Matsushige Yutaka), who runs an imported general merchandise business, enjoys eating on his own and would visit dining establishments when there are intervals of free time during work.
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/kodokunogurume


Date: From 1.29 a.m., Wednesdays, 3 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Shirahama Aran, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Sano Reo, Machida Keita, Akiyama Shintaro, Ozawa Yuta, Harukawa Kyosuke, Yamada Shintaro, Sayama Ayaka, Ueda Mao, Triendl Reina, Endo Yuya, Araki Hirofumi, Usui Masahiro, Horii Arata, Shokichi
Synopsis: The rule at Kujima High School, known as the “Windmill”, is the law of the jungle. There is fierce fighting among the males who vie to reach the top. Shiba Gaku (Shirahama Aran), a first year student, does nothing but spends his days fighting to get there.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/sugarless

Sousa Chizu Onna

Sousa Chizu no Onna
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, 18 October 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Maya Miki, Ishiguro Ken, Uchiyama Rina, Abe Tsuyoshi, Ukaji Takashi, Nakamura Baijaku, Kusabue Mitsuko, Watanabe Ikkei, Sano Gaku
Synopsis: Tachibana Tamako (Maya Miki) is a veteran detective in Kyoto Prefectural Police’s First Investigative Division. She loves walks and trips, and knows everything about all the paths in Kyoto. Making use of her gift as a “human GPS”, she is charged with creating investigation maps. An investigation map is the first thing that is done when an investigation task force gets to its feet. A lot of the information that surfaces as the investigation processes including suspicious vehicles and eyewitness statements are recorded, making it a repository of clues. While everyone is in awe of the unparalled accuracy of Tamako’s maps as well as her sharp powers of deduction on which this is based, she is a hasty person prone to making silly mistakes.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/chizu

Doctor X

Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 18 October 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Tanaka Kei, Uchida Yuki, Katsumura Masanobu, Suzuki Kosuke, Shubuki Jun, Hayashi Tantan, Yamamoto Mizuki, Kishibe Ittoku, Muroi Shigeru, Danta Yasunori, Ito Shiro
Synopsis: 36-year-old Daimon Michiko (Yonekura Ryoko) is a sexy freelance surgeon. Not affiliated to a university hospital’s medical department, she moves around to various hospitals while attached to a dodgy doctors’ agency. She observes working hours strictly, does not accept chores where a medical license is not needed, and is also uninterested in the power struggles characteristic of hospitals. Her private life and work experience is shrouded in mystery, her fees several orders of magnitude higher but she is a battle-hardened first-rate surgeon with the instincts of a genius. While there are ugly rumours that she left the medical community because of money problems and medical malpractice, no one knows the person she really is.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/doctor-x


Resident ~ Go-nin no Kenshui
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 18 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Naka Riisa, Hayashi Kento, Masuda Takahisa, Omasa Aya, Ishibashi Anna, Sudo Risa, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Minagawa Sarutoki, Mitsuura Yasuko, Yamada Makoto, Matsushima Shota, Shiho, Aoya Yui, Okuno Eita, Terajima Susumu, Furuta Arata, Ozawa Yukiyoshi
Synopsis: Raised in a family where her father is a general practitioner, Miyama Shizuku (Naka Riisa) initially aspired to be a doctor to please her father, but he was against it. Vowing to become a doctor no matter what it takes, Shizuku entered the faculty of medicine on a scholarship without any financial assistance from her parents. She is now a first-year houseman at a university hospital’s accident and emergency centre for a three-month training along with Yazawa Kei (Hayashi Kento), Manaka Junichi (Masuda Takahisa), Koiwai Hinako (Omasa Aya), Shinjo Sachi (Ishibashi Anna). Half a year into becoming doctors, they still do not have the ability to save people. Unable to do anything, they can only stand dazedly rooted to the spot in the emergency centre where every minute counts. They encounter patients with anorexia, bulimia, suicidal tendencies, depression … … While some people refuse social security and push their children to the brink of starvation, others take advantage of the state subsidies for medical treatment to go to the hospital in an ambulance instead of a taxi. In addition, the reality of the medical scene is overworked doctors because of their severe shortage. The five of them do not have high aspirations as doctors and also do not know which department they should move on to. To begin with, they do not even know if they truly want to be doctors. Trained by their experienced seniors and a variety of patients, they develop the qualities of a doctor and mature as adults.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/resident2012

Kekkon Shinai

Kekkon Shinai
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 11 October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kanno Miho, Amami Yuki, Tamaki Hiroshi, Koichi Mantaro, Miyoshi Ayaka, Ito Ayumi, Ishibashi Ryo, Ichige Yoshie, Kaji Meiko, Fukuda Ayano, Irie Jingi, Nakamura Shunsuke, Sharo, Nagae Yuki, Higashide Masahiro, Nakamura Yuri, Aoyagi Sho, Harumi Shiho, Hakamada Yoshihiko
Synopsis: 34-year-old Tanaka Chiharu (Kanno Miho) is a contract staff at a travel agency, has not had a boyfriend in 5 years and is almost 35. Although she is good-natured to a fault and a people person, her relationships have not lasted long because she cannot affect cuteness. Not that she does not want to get married. She wants to, and thinks that she should, but for some reason, she just cannot seem to. With friends of the same age getting married one after another and seeing the birth of children, she starts to feel anxious about remaining single as she grows old. Then, Chiharu learns that Chinatsu, her younger sister, who is on the verge of marriage, hopes to live together in the family home. This makes it hard for Chiharu to stay and she ends up moving in with Kirishima Haruko (Amami Yuki) whom she met by chance. 44-year-old Haruko is a talented, successful landscape gardening planner who has designed parks and the gardens of large homes. As she gets older, she has come to terms with her worries and also grown used to being alone. Because she has been carrying on a long-standing affair with her married boss (Ishibashi Ryo), she has overcome doubts on marriage and childbirth and is philosophical about love. She has chosen not to marry, but on the few occasions that she goes to see her mother and grandmother, their laments sink in … … Then, there is 32-year-old kind-hearted, sensitive Kudo Junpei (Tamaki Hiroshi), who works part-time at a flower shop. He thinks of other people more than he does of himself, is a late bloomer in love and makes little headway. Although he does his best in his life, he has no confidence to marry and support someone else and a family. He believes it is absolutely impossible for him financially and emotionally, the way he is now.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/kekkon_shinai


Doku (Poison)
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Thursdays, 4 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Ayabe Yuji, Usuda Asami, Watanabe Ikkei, Sakamoto Akira, Koizumi Kotaro (guest star)
Synopsis: Genius scientist Matsui Toichi (Ayabe Yuji) has disappeared after developing the “ultimate poison”. The poison will cause death by heart failure 24 hours after a person has consumed it, and its toxic ingredient is completely undetectable. Right after that, Matsui starts appearing at various scenes at unexpected moments like a chimera. As if conducting and experiment, he hands the drug to people and watches what happens … … Detective Sasamoto Naomi (Usuda Asami) suspects the presence of a poison that makes the perfect crime possible and pursues Matsui and the poison. 15 years ago, her detective father died under suspicious circumstances, and she has a strong interest in cases where the cause of death has is too many contradictory points.
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/poison

Sarutobi Sansei

Sarutobi Sansei
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Fridays, 12 October 2012
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Ito Atsushi, Mizukawa Asami, Yanagiba Toshiro, Asano Yuko, Kawasaki Asami, Sakai Masaaki, Umezawa Tomio, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Kawasaki Asami, Toda Masahiro, Namioka Kazuki
Synopsis: In the early Edo period, an encounter with Oichi (Mizukawa Asami), the daughter of the chief retainer Umemiya Shuzen (Sakai Masaaki) of a small domain, prompts the dull Sarutobi Sasuke (Ito Atsushi), a budding ninja who was born in a ninja village deep in the mountains, to charge off for the capital. While Sarutobi attempts to protect Oichi from intrigue, Tokusaburo (Yanagiba Toshiro), a devious, mysterious merchant, appears before him. And then Sarutobi’s archnemesis, Hattori Hanzomon, the grandson of Hattori Hanzo.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/jidaigeki/sarutobi

Ooku Tanjo

Ooku ~ Tanjou ~ Arikoto . Iemitsu-hen
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 12 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Sakai Masato, Tabe Mikako, Tanaka Koki, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Minamisawa Nao, Omi Toshinori, Danta Yasunori, Naito Takashi, Aso Yumi, Suruga Taro
Synopsis: In the Edo era during the reign of the third shogun, a mysterious smallpox epidemic affects males only, causing the number of males to plummet to one-fourth of the population. The roles of males and females are reversed. Women run businesses and politics. A young girl takes the seat as the heir of the shogunate and becomes first female shogun. She is Tokugawa Iemitsu (Tabe Mikako). When Iemitsu turns 16, the pure-hearted Madenokoji Arikoto (Sakai Masato), who heads a temple, is threatened and forced to return to secular life. Together with his disciple Gyokuei (Tanaka Koki), he becomes one of the 3,000 handsome concubines that wait on the shogun in the inner palace.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/ohoku2012

Tokumei Tantei

Tokumei Tantei Season 1
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 12 October 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Takahashi Katsunori, Katase Nana, Moritsugu Koji, Yamaguchi Daiichi, Sakai Ayumi, Otowa Reon, Ogawa Asami, Tayama Ryosei, Miura Rieko
Synopsis: An unidentified investigator (Takahashi Katsunori) rents a room at a multi-tenant building with shady strip clubs. Although he is an investigator, he is not an occupational investigator, but a troubleshooter who undertakes various jobs through a go-between (Katase Nana) for the sake of money. He usually does odd jobs at a strip club, and sometimes solves trivial stalking and debt collecting cases as he ekes out a living. However, the requests he accepts are typically only from females. This bourbon and jazz loving, unsentimental and tough investigator uses foul language, hates being tied down more than anything, and leads a life free of mobile phones, emails and the internet. While he is not the type who is hard up for women, his policy is not to sleep with the same woman twice. However, he is extremely kind to females and because of that, he frequently gets into unnecessary trouble with women who do not pay.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/tokumeitantei
Related: Tokumei Tantei Season 2

Makete Katsu

Makete, Katsu ~ Sengo o Tsukutta Otoko . Yoshida Shigeru
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 8 September 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Watanabe Ken, Matsuyuki Yasuko, Tanihara Shosuke, Tanaka Kei, Suzuki Anne, Nagai Masaru, Hatsune Eriko, Kaneda Akio, Sasai Eisuke, Shimada Kyusaku, Takahashi Kazuya, Koichi Mantaro, Nakajima Tomoko, Sano Shiro, Ishibashi Renji, Yoshida Eisaku, Nakamura Atsuo, Nomura Mansai, Kato Go
Synopsis: Yoshida Shigeru (Watanabe Ken) was a proud, stubborn man who stuck to his own principles even when tossed into jail during wartime. He also held his own against General MacArthur, the supreme commander of the allied powers. The two of them consequently collaborated in the revival of Japan.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/dodrasp/index.html#d11

Jikken Keiji Totori

Jikken Keiji Totori
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 3 November 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Mikami Hiroshi, Takahashi Mitsuomi, Kuriyama Chiaki, Sasano Takashi, Nakagoshi Noriko (guest star), Yasuda Ken (guest star), Natsuki Mari (guest star), Kinami Haruka (guest star), Lily (guest star)
Synopsis: 43-year-old Totori Hiroshi (Mikami Hiroshi) used to be a scholar who researched animal life at a university. It was a fulfilling life. Nevertheless, his desire to put his own abilities to use, led him to apply for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s mid-career recruitment exam, which he passes. Totori realises his dream to be a detective in the First Investigative Division and is partnered with the 28-year-old Yasunaga Teppei (Takahashi Mitsuomi). To this junior, Totori is a very stubborn, older rookie detective. An idiosyncratic newbie who applies logical thinking, constructs hypotheses and investigates with the meticulousness of an experiment and a righteous, scrupulous young detective. They sometimes clash and at other times cooperate as they focus their efforts on capturing criminals.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/dodrasp/index.html#d12


Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 13 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Kitagawa Keigo, Gackt, Yuka, Kimura Manatsu, Hamada Mari, Okada Keisuke, Kawamura Yosuke, Wada Masato, Anan Kenji, Kimura Midoriko, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: Beautiful and smart Mutoi Ayami (Kitagawa Keigo) is the perfect elementary school teacher. However, she is in fact an oddball, two-faced person with a very black heart. One day, this oddball with an evil attitude that no one believes, meets 11-year old Koto Yuiko (Kimura Manatsu) who has joined her class as a transfer student. Yuiko is a queer young girl with the ability to see precognitive dreams and a future that is like a nightmare. Furthermore, these precognitive dreams all spell disaster. Ayami does not want anything to do with trouble, but Yuiko follows her around asking for help. Harm even befalls Ayami. With reluctance, Ayami ends up seeking a solution to the situation and rides out various crises … …
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/akumu

Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 17 November 2012
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Tanihara Shosuke, Kimura Tae, Ashina Sei, Imai Yuki, Komoto Masahiro, Nakahara Takeo, Shimojo Atom
Synopsis: Hidaka Eisuke (Tanihara Shosuke) was an up-and-coming brain surgeon. He even married a professor’s daughter, Hiroe (Ashina Sei) to stay ahead in the hospital’s career track. He no longer feels the significance of marriage as time passes and treats his wife and child brusquely. Meanwhile, their son dies from an illness. Blaming herself for his death, Hiroe loses the will to live and is driven to suicide. At the same time, Hidaka accepts responsibility for a medical error in the hospital. He resigns as a doctor and degenerates into a homeless man. As he wanders the streets, he meets Kusanagi Masato (Imai Yuki), a youth that he had saved from sexual abuse 12 years earlier again and begins to feel fatherly. As they support each other, Hidaka finds the hope to live, but gradually struggles with the possibility that Masato may be the criminal behind the spate of serial murders targetting the socially vulnerable on these streets … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/bs/tsugunai

Koukou Nyuushi

Koukou Nyuushi
Date: From 11.10 p.m., Saturdays, 6 October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Nagasawa Masami, Minamisawa Nao, Nakao Akiyoshi, Tokuyama Hidenori, Shinoda Mitsuyoshi, Komatsu Toshimasa, Saiki Shigeru, Irie Masato, Ikuta Tomoko, Nakamura Tomoya, Kyo Nobuo, Miyama Karen, Masaki Reiya, Takasugi Mahiro, Shimizu Hiroya, Yamazaki Hirona, Shimizu Kazuaki, Sakata Masanobu, Haba Yuichi, Takahashi Hitomi, Yamamoto Kei
Synopsis: Haruyama Kyoko (Nagasawa Masami), a newly-appointed English teacher at a rural but well-respected, prestigious prefectural high school, had spent her childhood and high school years overseas before returning to Japan. Because she lived abroad for a long time, she completely cannot understand the old-fashioned ideas peculiar to Japan and tends to be frank about what she thinks. On the eve and the day of the school entrance examination, various incidents occur. There is the spectre of someone attempting to wreck the examination for some motive. Everyone present is a potential suspect and the truth remains shrouded in mystery to the end.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/kokonyushi

Tefutefuso e Yokoso
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Saturdays, 27 October 2012
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Nakamura Shunsuke, Yuki Jutta, Kurokawa Tomoka, Eguchi Noriko, Kitaro, Suzuki Kosuke, Ashina Sei, Matsushita Kohei, Takasugi Mahiro, Harada Natsuki, Ishigaki Yuma, Takito Kenichi, Koyama Hayate
Synopsis: “Rent of 13,000 yen but the first month is free. No deposit or fee.” Lured by these exceptional terms, the six residents (Yuki Jutta, Eguchi Noriko, Suzuki Kosuke, Matsushita Kohei, Harada Natsuki, Takito Kenichi) chose the dilapidated apartment building ‘Tefutefuso’. However, there is naturally a catch to this sweet deal. There are ghosts (Kurokawa Tomoka, Kitaro, Ashina Sei, Takasugi Mahiro, Ishigaki Yuma, Koyama Hayate) living in each of the six apartments. Although the residents are stunned by this fact, they gradually establish emotional bonds with the ghosts. They cry after learning the circumstances in which these ghosts lost their lives, and are at times encouraged as well as consoled by them. And when the residents are able to touch the bodies of the ghosts, the ghosts move towards peaceful eternal rest … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/bs/teftef

Date: From 12.55 a.m., Saturdays, 6 October 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Nakayama Yuma, Honda Tsubasa, Matsumura Hokuto, Suzuki Airi, Yasui Kentaro, Arai Moe, Mizuno Erina, Nozawa Yuki, Takahashi Tsutomu, Kino Hana, Toda Naho
Synopsis: Three years ago, Narumi Hikaru (Nakayama Yuma) and Suga Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa) were in love and would meet in secret for several months in the second year of high school. It started casually and ended casually. Hikaru and Mizuho were alike in their inabilities to grasp their distance from others or to be interested in another person; poor at the way they get involved with other people. The two of them should not have met again, but the news of the sudden death of a high school classmate Origuchi Haruka (Mizuno Erina) from cancer brings them together again. Mizuho undertakes the search for the unknown boyfriend from high school to fulfil the wishes of the Haruka’s mother, who believes that she is her daughter’s good friend. Hikaru and Mizuho are now university students, and changes have come upon their relationship. They look back at the past, meet many people again and as they pick up various pieces of love, they get close to the true face of the unseen person.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/piece


Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 21 October 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Katori Shingo, Yamashita Tomohisa, Yanagihara Kanako, Warabino Tomoya, Kikuta Daisuke, Hino Tatsuya, Shiroishi Tomoya, Hinaka Yasukage, Otake Makoto, Endo Kenichi, Okada Yoshinori (guest star), Kato Natsuki (guest star), Dan Jiro (guest star), Tsunogae Kazue (guest star), Takashima Reiko (guest star), Takeda Tetsuya (guest star)
Synopsis: Hiratsuka Heihachi (Katori Shingo), a detective of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division, is an oddball with his rude, petty, makeshift attitude and fuss over little things although he is always smiling and excrutiatingly gentlemanly in speech to everyone. Brazenly stepping into territory that others hate, he exposes their hidden faces and the true nature of human relations to solve cases. On the other hand, rookie detective Saionji Kosuke (Yamashita Tomohisa), the son of a very high profile distinguished family, is highly conscientious, untainted and upright. He is taken on probation by his coveted First Investigative Division, but the work he is given is overseen by Hiratsuka. The First Investigative Division’s Team Hiratsuka is a one-man department with Hiratsuka himself. While Hiratsuka is an unpopular person that no one in the division wishes to work under, he has somehow solved a great number of cases in succession. For that reason, the members of the division speculate that Hiratsuka might have ties with the dark side and Saionji is put under Hiratsuka in order to find evidence of his wrongdoing. However, the biggest reason why Hiratsuka solves cases is because he is the person that criminals most hated.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/MONSTERS

Tokyo Airport

Tokyo Airport ~ Tokyo Kuukou Kanseihoanbu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 14 October 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Fukada Kyoko, Sasaki Nozomi, Kaname Jun, Seto Koji, Sato Eriko, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Nonami Maho, Asaka Kodai, Hiraoka Yuta, Seto Asaka (guest star), Bessho Tetsuya, Kajihara Zen, Tokito Saburo
Synopsis: Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is the busiest airport in Japan with 1 airplane taking off and landing every 2 minutes. In a year, 6 billion people (an average of 170,000 people a day) pass through the airport. Shinoda Kaori (Fukada Kyoko) is a new air traffic controller. It is an extremely stressful and difficult job where a split-second’s error in judgment can cause a catastrophic incident. Kaori had originally been a ground staff at the airport with an ambition to become an air traffic controller who directs aircrafts of all airlines, but an incident spurs her to resign and take the national exam. After completing rigorous training at the air navigation security college, she is assigned to Haneda Airport’s Air Traffic Control Centre as an air traffic controller just before she turns 30. When she gets up to the control tower with a mixture of nervousness, excitement and anxiety, the people she sees are a group of professionals who remain calm in the face of emergencies and protect human lives. Kaori guides aircraft with veteran air controller Takeuchi Yumi (Seto Asaka) for on-the-job training. Because of a little careless mistake that she makes, and incident occurs that is a step short of an accident. She gets discouraged, but no one scolds her for the mistake she made which makes her feel even worse. However, she listens to the feelings of Yuki Noboru (Tokito Saburo) and Kondo Yukihiro (Kaname Jun) as air traffic controllers and gradually pulls herself together.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/tokyo-airport

Soko o Nantoka
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 21 October 2012
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Motokariya Yuika, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Megumi, Igarashi Shunji, Maeda Oshiro, Takeda Kohei, Inoue Waka, Otomo Kohei
Synopsis: Kaise Rakuko (Motokariya Yuika), who grew up in a poor family, decides to become a lawyer so that she can make money. She works as a hostess in a bar to put herself through school and passes the bar exam. However, it is now a tough time to get a job as a lawyer. Rakuko finally finds employment at a small law firm, but keeps getting stuck with the cases that do not pay. Each time, she works for a paltry pay, and realises that she has neglected personal gain to help the vulnerable … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama/sokonan

Hitori Shizuka

Hitori Shizuka
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 21 October 2012
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Kaho, Takahashi Issei, Murakami Jun, Arai Hirofumi, Nagatsuka Keishi, Matsushige Yutaka, Nukumizu Yoichi, Ikeda Narushi, Kurosawa Asuka, Nikado Satoshi, Midori Mako, Kishibe Ittoku
Synopsis: A big secret is intertwined with five murders that occur at different times and locations. The first murder is a fatal shooting at an apartment in a residential neighborhood. When senior patrol officer Kizaki (Takahashi Issei), who works near the site, rushes over at the sound of a gunshot(s), his senior Omura (Murakami Jun) has already entered the crime scene. The suspects are narrowed down through legwork and forensics results, but Kizaki feels that there is more to the case. Before long, a girl (Kaho) with some sort of connection to the case emerges … …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/hitorishizuka


Ten no Hakobune
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 9 December 2012
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Mizuno Miki, Ihara Tsuyoshi, Takeda Shinji, Toda Naho, Horibe Keisuke, Morisaki Win, Sano Shiro
Synopsis: Nanami (Mizuno Miki) is a victim of the earthquake disaster and grew up in a poor farmer’s household that did not receive sufficient state support. She had been working at a club as she attends university and sends her family money. One day, the young company president of a prosperous construction company and his subordinate Miyazato (Ihara Tsuyoshi) appear at the place she works. Learning that their work involves ODA (official development assistance) and interested in the illicit money which flows from it, Nanami gets close to Miyazato. Even though she knows that it is a dirty world, she unhesitatingly seeks to throw herself into it and escape from poverty. Miyazato takes an interest in Nanami and guides her to Gohongi Consultants which has close ties to his company. The two of them come together to collude with the high-ranking government officials of less-developed nations which use the illicit money.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/hakobune

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10 Responses to Fall 2012 Dramas

  1. martha says:

    I can’t wait to see this! I love the manga.

  2. ct says:

    Fall. Where the networks finally brings out the big guns. So far, it’s looking good.

  3. Looking great! Can’t wait!!

  4. Mas Jamal says:

    The Fall Drama is upcoming. Summer drama I think very good because there are GTO.

  5. さくら21Saa says:

    Reblogged this on JDorama Gallery and commented:
    Can’t wait for MONSTER, my favorite Manga, and of course Yamapi there 🙂

  6. Onigiriman says:

    This is, to me, a pretty weak summer season. I can’t wait for Fall. The line up looks interesting and I must admit a weak spot for Yamaguchi Tomoko. ドキドキしてくる。

  7. lontong.stroong says:

    OMG I’m very surprised to see they will make a sequel for Kodoku no Gurume
    That’s two series in one year

  8. John says:

    Is there anymore Hissatsu ?

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